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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/9/16

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Holy God, do I have some great music for you this week! The first one shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you if you have been following along the last couple weeks. It comes from School of Seven Bells and is the third single we’ve heard from their upcoming release. This one is very much what we are used to hearing from them on past releases. Layers of synth and reverberated vocals and a driving beat set your heart “Ablaze.” Keeping with the indie synth-pop, we have another BANGER from Echos. This jam goes from 0 to 100 so quick, you barely have time to catch your breath. It hits harder than an MMA fighter’s right hook all the way up till the end; I’m absolutely entranced by it.

Next, we have some smooth jams coming from Toronto group named Laser that is comprised of Broken Social Scene member Lisa Lobsinger and two other Toronto artists, Paul Pfisterer & Martin Davis. This track is off their most recent release from the end of last month. This brings us to another track off of the lovely group, Field Music, who also have a release out from the end of last week. Their sound is just so unique, with a bit of Bowie, Queen and Elton John there is plenty to love!

London indie rockers, Escapists, have a new track out entitled “Pyramid Scheme” that is killing it. Give it a listen and you can see how playful it is. Gotta love that tambourine! And more tambourine now coming from Mass Gothic who is lead by the former frontman of Hooray for Earth and signed with Sub Pop to release a wonderful full length last Friday. This second single, “Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me”, reminds me of Grouplove and this fun, upbeat vibe will surely treat them well. I’m 99% sure this song will be on a toothpaste commercial in a week…coming to a TV near you, move over Matt & Kim.

Going back to another band from Toronto, we have a new track from Operators off of their upcoming release “Blue Wave.” It’s very catchy and is totally radio ready with a solid replay value. I’m 99% sure it will be featured in a toothpaste commercial next week…move over Matt & Kim.

Everyone’s favorite psych-pop foursome, Animal Collective, is back with another strong track, the second single of their upcoming LP. Granted, this didn’t hit me as hard as Floridada did, but I cannot deny that the didgeridoo one of the coolest noises I’ve ever heard in a song like this. Taking it down a notch is the endearing vocals of Frankie Cosmos. I’d like to think her and Courtney Barnett just get together and jam together and write super personal and specific songs that are weirdly relatable.

Now, let’s get this party dancing. We have another new track from Autograf out of Chicago, with help from Patrick Baker. This track is way fun and has much more to it than a club banger. It has multiple movements and just sounds very special and well produced much like what we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing from Disclosure. I have to say, I got on the Holy Ghost! train a little too late for my liking. At least they are still going strong with making funky, electro jams that cut right to your head and don’t ever leave. Their new track “Crime Cutz” is the first fully new material we have heard from them since 2014 and I’m so very excited for a new LP from these guys! NY Producer, James Hinton, goes by The Range on the stage and really nails the bulls eye from what I have heard. Touring with Baio, he’ll be in good company to launch a successful career. “Florida” is a crunchy and jittery roller coaster ride from the ocean and up into space. The textures he integrates are space age and also tropical. It’s a fun one.

This week’s most interesting band names obviously goes to Cavern of Anti-Matter. With a bit of bossa nova and shoegaze, “liquid gate” is a super quick romp (2 full minutes) from Stereolab’s Tim Gane & Joe Dilworth and a man by the name of Holger Zapf, then this track features Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox. Garage rock has never been the same since Parquet Courts (Parkay Quartz?…or whatever they are now). These guys are the chillest chillers and they have a sound that is straight off of the 4-track. They just get those fuzzy vibes and from what I’ve heard, it translates REALLY well into their live show. I’m excited for another release from these guys (Their 6th in 4 years!!). Keeping your buzz going, we have a song from New York’s Porches. Fresh off the release of his newest album (this is the title track), Porches is poised for success and he earned the coveted “BEST NEW MUSIC” from the almighty Pitchfork. This kid is killing it.

Well, that wraps up this week in new music! Enjoy and let me know what you think.

-Greg

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 12/1/15

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Holy holidays! Time escaped me and I totally blanked on a new music playlist last week. I hope you all will forgive me!

As I try to earn you back, it sure helps that I have some KILLER tracks this week! The first comes from French producers Basic Tape and his new track “Not Afraid” is a synth-laden banger to really amp you up when you’re planning on getting a bit ratch. This optimistic piece of work will have you snapping your fingers all night and day. It’s songs like this where you almost feel drunk when you’re listening to them because it’s just so dancable…even though you’re white and sober when listening. Keeping with the good vibes, we have a band named PREP, a UK outfit that has been known to link up with with UK duo, Snakehips, so it’s good to see they surround themselves with the right people. The track I’ve included is entitled “Sunburnt Through the Glass” and is a light, airy romp that gets you in the mood faster than a low-cut dress. I like that the genre is a bit difficult to define of this, it’s a little bit Phoenix but with an R&B and 2-step twist to it. I dig it.

Let’s move on to feature a band who I’ve recently grown VERY fond of. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not only rings as a personal manifesto of mine, it is the name of a fuzzy outfit that has been around for long enough to know exactly what they are doing. This track, “Hell” is just plain fun, which goes to show that if you do it right, you can tell someone they’re going to hell in a super cheery and cheeky manner.

Now, we all have that band that it’s just been impossible for us to see, our “white whale” of sorts. Maybe not because they never tour, but just timing, money, having someone to go with, death in the family, etc. is not right! For me, that band is Geographer with many attempts made to see them, all of them have been pushed off or thwarted. Their music is incredibly chill and the song that I’ve featured, “Ready 2 Wear”, follows suit. Beautiful textures layer behind a simple riff with soft and sensual vocals. Man crush? Perhaps…even as I’m writing this, the photo on their Spotify has one of their members staring longingly into my eyes. So, I guess so.

Welcome to the end of 2015 where we finally hear a peep from one of my personal favorites, Wild Nothing. After I found their 2012 release, “Nocturne”, I was hooked. Reception for this album was pretty darn positive if I recall and rightfully so. Their next album (EP) “Empty Estate” kind of fell upon deaf ears other than their single “A Dancing Shell.” I sure hope this release does not go unnoticed like the aforementioned release. I’d like to say that I’m pretty in tune with releases from bands that I like, but even I missed the first single from their Feb ’16 release. I’ve included the second single, “TV Queen,” on the list this week and it seems like they’ve stuck to what we’ve been used to if not gone just a bit heavier than we’ve seen from them previously. It’s a bit darker, a bit more ominous and has a rawness similar to Surfer Blood, and if you know me, you know I freaking love that band!

Honorable Mentions for this week:

Tone of Arc – “Practical Particles” – This track starts off super bluesy with a distant guitar riff and then turns into something you’d find on the soundtrack to Donkey Kong Country. It’s absolutely SICK! I can’t remember where I heard this track, but it’s definitely on my heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks.

Animal Collective – “FloriDada” – The trip-tastic group is back, and they’re as weird as ever. Just when I thought they had settled down after a relatively approachable “Centepede Hz,” they turn around and make this track. Don’t get me wrong…I actually love this song and it fits so well in AnCo’s catalog. The “hahahahaha Wipeout” is absolutely prime too! I’m excited to hear more from their upcoming record.

Foreign Air – “Free Animal” – I’m loving this track. For some reason it’s hitting me like the first time I heard The Neighbourhood, and it has a similar intensity and darkness that I love about Chino Moreno’s project, Crosses. This song is much easier to enjoy than the latter and is not thaaat dark, so I’m excited to see what’s next for these guys!